As I have mentioned before, I have taken to making my own bars (Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bars) instead of buying them because I can trust what ingredients I chose to use and my family’s health is of the upmost importance to me. So a low carb, ketogenic chocolate version of our favorite chocolate crunch bar was next on my list! You’ll love these easy-to-make chocolate keto crunch bars.
My Chocolate Keto Crunch Bars Recipe
So I got to work and made plenty of mistakes along the way. Sugar-free chocolate can be bitter (disgusting) and I didn’t want to add a lot of sugar. The key ingredient is the coconut oil which balances out the bitterness and gives the chocolate some flavor and lessens the need for too much sugar. Therefore this recipe calls for only 2 tablespoons of sugar-free maple syrup. And the nuts? They add the perfect crunch to make these crunch chocolate bars the ideal keto dessert. Did I mention this recipe is no bake? Oh yes, that’s the surprise bonus!
Note: If walnuts are not your thing, raw unsalted pecans or chopped hazelnuts work too and are lower-carb nuts. Almonds and cashews are higher in carbohydrates but also can be substitutes. And if you want to go the seed route, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds all can be used too, and provide higher protein…while still giving you that crunch. I sometimes make this recipe with half nuts and half seeds. Find the balance that works for you.
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What is a Keto Diet?
A “Ketogenic” or “Keto” diet is essentially a low-carb diet. If you grew up in the 80’s you’ll recognize it’s a lot like the Adkins Diet. The main gist is that you should get more calories from protein and fat and less from carbohydrates. Therefore you cut out most on the carbs that are easy to digest, like sugar (including syrup and honey), soda, starchy vegetables (like potatoes), pastries, pasta and white bread.
Keto Crunch Bars
Yields: 6 servings
Prep: 5 minutes| Chill Time: 30 minutes | Total Time: 35 minutes
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons sugar free maple syrup
- Splash of vanilla extract
- 1-2 dashes of pink salt
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
- Melt coconut oil in a glass measuring cup. Add cocoa powder, sugar free maple syrup, vanilla extract and a dash of salt. Whisk to combine. Taste and adjust salt and sweetener if needed.
- Add walnuts to a ziplock bag. Use a rolling pin to crush the nuts into small bits.
- Stir walnuts into cocoa mixture.
- Use a rubber spatula to transfer the mixture to the prepared loaf pan and spread into an even layer.
- Place loaf pan in the freezer to allow the chocolate to harden for 30 minutes.
- Slice into bars and serve.
- To make the bars easier to slice straight from the freezer, run the knife under hot water before slicing.
- Chocolate bars will melt at room temperature, so be sure to store them in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Substitute walnuts for any other nut that you prefer. Walnuts are one of the best nuts for keto; however, because they are one of the fattiest tree nuts and are very low in carbs.
If using salted nuts you may omit the salt all together.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 63mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 2g
You might also like these recipes: How to Make Keto Flourless French Toast Sticks and Easy No Bake Keto Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake Recipe.
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